"Keeping your body healthy is
an expression of gratitude
to the whole cosmos
-the trees, the clouds, everything."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body itself to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by gently inserting fine sterile needles and applying heat at very precise acupuncture points.
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy, called qi ("chee") run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, flow through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of this energy backs up in other channels.
A related method, "Cupping," is an ancient practice used by many cultures including the Chinese to treat painful muscles, colds and flu and menstrual pain among other symptoms.
Round glass cups are suctioned onto the chosen acupuncture point and are moved along the meridians. The sensation experienced is similar to a great massage.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine these methods are often combined with Chinese herbal medicine.
Because everyone is different and responds to acupuncture and herbs in their own way, the acupuncture points and herbs are chosen for your treatment based on an individual assessment of your condition according to the principles of Chinese Medicine.